Your parents want to live in the house they own now. They don’t want to sell, pack up everything, and move to a new location. It’s not unusual for seniors to want to age at home. To ensure they do so safely, there are some precautions you should take.
Do a Safety Evaluation.
Find out if your mom and dad’s home is safe enough. A leaking roof can lead to mold issues. Mold can irritate the lungs and sinuses. If the roof is old, it’s important to have it fixed by replacing the shingles. Leaking pipes and a flooded basement are other situations where mold can form.
Is your parent able to get in and out of the bathtub or shower without difficulty? Grab bars give them something to hold for balance while stepping over the edge of a tub. Shower floors can be slippery, so non-slip tiles, bath mats, and grab bars also help to prevent falls.
Check In Regularly.
Check in to make sure your parents are okay and don’t need help with anything. If they don’t drive, they may need you to take them shopping or to appointments. If you don’t have time, you can look into transportation services as part of a senior care plan.
Your parent may enjoy retirement and enjoy being alone, but you don’t want them to be too isolated. Studies find that socialization is vital for both physical and mental health.
Make sure they’re staying social. If they don’t go out, get them out of the house for a meal. Senior centers are great for socialization. From luncheons to dances, there’s always something going on.
Plan for the Unexpected.
Even with the utmost in careful planning, the unexpected can arise. If your mom develops a chronic condition, is it still feasible to live alone? If she had a stroke and needed a walker or wheelchair, is the house manageable with limited mobility?
Many homes can be adapted if homeowners need wheelchairs, walkers, or canes. A one-level home is ideal. Stair lifts can help make it easy to get from one floor to another in a home with multiple levels.
Hire Home Care.
Hire caregivers to help your parents age at home. Senior care services include so many things that help the elderly. From meal preparation to light housekeeping, caregivers ensure seniors remain independent without risking health or safety.